One Month After: Pune Police Finalize Chargesheet in Porsche Taycan Crash Investigation

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Pune, 19th June 2024: Pune Police are poised to file a chargesheet in the tragic Porsche Taycan crash case of May 19 at the earliest opportunity, stated Police Commissioner Amitesh Kumar.

The incident claimed the lives of two young IT engineers, Ashwini Koshta and Aneesh Awadhiya, when a 17-year-old, reportedly driving under the influence of alcohol and belonging to a prominent city builder’s family, collided with their motorcycle in Kalyani Nagar around 2:30 am.

Acknowledging initial procedural lapses, Commissioner Kumar highlighted challenges faced due to delays in notifying senior officials at Yerawada police station for nearly eight hours post-accident. He expressed concern over the initial application of a milder charge under section 304-A (causing death negligently) instead of section 304 (culpable homicide) of the Indian Penal Code.

“In response, we promptly escalated the charges to culpable homicide under section 304 and arranged for a second blood alcohol test at a different hospital to verify the integrity of the initial test,” Kumar stated, noting manipulation concerns confirmed by the subsequent test.

Efforts included petitioning the Juvenile Justice Board (JJB) to try the teenager as an adult and overturning his bail conditions, leading to his placement in an observation home pending further proceedings.

In light of the incident’s sensitivity and public outcry, Commissioner Kumar assured a thorough investigation supported by video evidence tracing the teenager’s movements from his residence in Wadgaon Sheri to local pubs and back, where he allegedly consumed alcohol before the fatal crash.

“We have gathered eyewitness testimonies, DNA evidence, and retrieved materials from the teenager’s residence to substantiate our case. Our aim is to pursue justice to its fullest extent,” Kumar affirmed.

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The police have taken stringent actions, including suspensions of two Yerawada police officers and arrests of hospital staff and the teenager’s parents for alleged manipulation of evidence.

“We are determined to bring this case to a just conclusion, ensuring accountability for the lives lost,” Kumar concluded.